Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mylon LeFevre: You're Still On His Mind

Having grown up in a southern gospel family, Mylon LeFevre was surrounded by religious music and a Christian atmosphere all of his life. When he came of age, he joined his mother, father, uncle, and brother in the LeFevres and was part of one of the biggest gospel music franchises in the south, which when the last LeFevre retired, the group’s interest was sold to bass singer Rex Nelon.

When Mylon was 17 years old, he spent 20 minutes writing the song “Without Him.” Hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, recorded this classic and when Mylon received his first royalty check it was for 90 thousand dollars – his first purchase was a Chevy Corvette Sting Ray. By 1968, Mylon recorded his first solo album “Your Only Tomorrow” on the LeFevre family’s own Sing Records label.

In 1969, Mylon was the first Christian rock artist to be signed to a major record label. His first LP, which is variously known as “Mylon” and “We Believe,” was issued on Atlantic Record’s Cotillion subsidiary. Several of the players on the album including Barry Bailey, Dean Dougherty, and Paul Goddard were later members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Allen Toussaint produced this effort. One of the songs Mylon penned and recorded on his first major album was “You're Still on His Mind” – our spiritual Sunday selection.

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